We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great Civil War Exhibit”

Atlanta History Center
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Atlanta Historical Homes Tour
Ranked #10 of 307 things to do in Atlanta
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Welcome explorers of the world! If you’re looking for history, knowledge and adventure, you’ve come to the right place. The Atlanta History Center is located in one of Atlanta’s most vibrant communities where the stories and mysteries of our region thrive. Our 33-acre experience features award-winning exhibitions, historic houses, enchanting gardens, interactive activities and a variety of year-round adult and family programs. With ticket admission, our guests enjoy complimentary parking and all-inclusive access to Atlanta History Center destinations. The Atlanta History Museum is located at the Atlanta History Center. The Atlanta History Center also features the Swan House mansion, Smith Family Farm, the Margaret Mitchell House, the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, and five permanent exhibitions. Last historic home tours begin at 4pm
Reviewed 23 May 2018

Recently visited the Atlanta History Center with the primary target being the Civil War exhibit. My wife and I started our visit in the History of Atlanta section which was interesting and well worth the time (about 25 minutes) but relatively short. Next was the Turning Point: The American Civil War. Having seen a number of exhibits and battlefields, I found this to be the best exhibit I've seen outside of the Gettysburg Battlefield and Visitor Center. My wife made me cut my visit short so we could go outside to see the 1860's farmhouse and the Swan House before they closed. Both were well worth the time as the Swan House was beautiful and shows you what you can do if you have plenty of money. Once done outside, I wentback in and finished the Civil War Exhibit. In all, I spent about 3 1/2 hours in the exhibit. My wife also saw and enjoyed the Bobby Jones exhibit. Parking on site with discounted tickets for Seniors that included all three as well as the Margaret Mitchell House (which could be visited within 7 days - save your ticket and go. Very interesting Not very crowded at all but it was Mother's Day. Loved Loved Loved it.

1  Thank Bill S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (1,248)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages
All reviews
"civil war exhibit"
in 141 reviews
"swan house"
in 493 reviews
"smith farm"
in 84 reviews
"bobby jones"
in 83 reviews
"the margaret mitchell house"
in 72 reviews
"folk art"
in 52 reviews
"turning point"
in 22 reviews
"native americans"
in 22 reviews
"hunger games"
in 61 reviews
"slave quarters"
in 14 reviews
"souper jenny"
in 14 reviews
"main museum"
in 19 reviews
"centennial olympic games"
in 16 reviews
"excellent museum"
in 15 reviews
"free admission"
in 12 reviews
"interesting exhibits"
in 15 reviews
"on display"
in 21 reviews

39 - 43 of 1,249 reviews

Reviewed 22 May 2018

Atlanta has a surprisingly short history -- it was only founded a few decades before the Civil War. The Atlanta history section was thus a bit short and less interesting, but the Civil War exhibit was very nice. We also enjoyed the historical houses outdoors -- a working farm and a nice mansion.

Thank WaysideTraveler
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 18 May 2018

It is amazing how much history is in Atlanta. I loved learning about the Olympics, politics, technology, business and the physical environment of the Atlanta area.

Thank Ann Marie C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 17 May 2018

Visited during the Easter Egg Hunt and the kids absolutely loved it (they "hide" eggs throughout the outdoor displays) and they can turn in their eggs for candy/prizes and photo with the costumed Easter Bunny. There were knowledgeable interpreters in several of the historical homes doing arts/crafts. There are many buildings to visit on the grounds and a walking trail. Inside, there are several rooms with exhibits. For Easter, they had some crafts for kids to participate in and a Story Telling time. Be sure to get there ON TIME because when they reach the end time, they put everything away immediately. Parking is in a garage. There's a nice little soup café in the gift shop (might be too frou-frou for kids). They participate in the ASTC reciprocal program.
13 year old - Kinda bored (too old for the easter egg hunt/crafts); played Pokémon Go
8 year old - Loved the egg hunt and crafts
3 year old - Loved the egg hunt and running around the building

Thank wendyquest
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 15 May 2018

I love museums and have visited many all over the world, and rate this as one of the best. Subject matter was well chosen, written materials were clearly written and as neutral as possible, and there were always excellent thought-provoking questions at the end. I learned a lot not only about Atlanta but about much of the Deep South as well. The building is attractive and easy to negotiate and the grounds are lush and beautiful. The Smith Farm, relocated here, was quite interesting in giving a glimpse of a small family farm that held slaves, and in marked contrast was tne Swan House -- a mansion from the 1930s.

1  Thank kurseni
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Atlanta History Center also viewed


Been to Atlanta History Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing